“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.” – Winston Churchill
Yrma was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2014. Here is her story. “I was shocked when I received the news since I was leading a healthy life.” On March 13, 2014 she underwent a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment that left her very weak and sick. But it was not over, she had to undergo five breast reconstructions and in August 2016 she had her last one! “I was so very happy to finally move on! This coming March, I am celebrating 3 years cancer free and decided to have my dear friend Sheryl do a body painting in honor of my third year in remission.”
“One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.” — Nationalbreastcancer.org
My art focuses on inspiring women. It’s all about their strength, courage, and their healing process. I have been part of Yrma’s journey and have seen everything she has gone through. It is empowering to see how she handled it all with grace and such a positive attitude. It was an honor to paint her and to bring about awareness through these photos. Please get screened and do your part to get educated about breast cancer.
Please leave comments. Let me know your story. How have you or someone you know been affected by cancer?